Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts provides our members with an environment where people of any background, experience and fitness level can learn and train. Our classes are taught in a safe, fun and ego-less environment. Our goal is to help our members to develop, grow and improve both physically and mentally through progression in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Thai kickboxing, Boxing, Self-Defense and Fitness Training. We accomplish this by offering the most functional, realistic, innovative and enjoyable martial arts and fitness instruction available.
MMA takes the most effective combat techniques from styles such as Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Western Boxing. The blending of all these arts is what creates a unique fighting system. Most MMA gyms and programs are geared toward the fighters. Our unique approach makes this high-level training safe and fun for students of all ages and interest levels.
Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts is proud to be a member of the Tim Burrill Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Network. Tim Burrill is one of the first Americans to receive a black belt from 8th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Carlos Machado. Tim not only brings the philosophy and technique of Machado Jiu-Jitsu, but also other talents and his own personal way of teaching, making his style of BJJ unique from all other. So come be part of the DWMMA family and train at the only Tim Burrill/Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school on the North Shore.
BJJ is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position. It uses joint-locks and choke holds to force an opponent to submit. Today, BJJ is practiced for fun, self-defense or sport by hobbyists, professional fighters, military, and law enforcement alike.
Thai Kickboxing is an excellent form of self-defense and fitness. Our program is safe and fun, as well as physically and mentally challenging. It is unique and extremely effective blend of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing and American Kickboxing. Students will learn fundamental punches, kicks, knees and elbows. You will be trained like a professional kick boxer with techniques and conditioning drills to get you into the best shape of your life.
DWMMA’s “Total Defense Program” is geared for street oriented self-defense. It is founded upon Mixed Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do concepts. Our program stresses
no-nonsense training in all four ranges of fighting: kicking, punching, in-fighting (clinch/trapping), and grappling/ground-fighting. The methods and curriculum include the Filipino Martial Arts (weapons/Filipino “dirty boxing”), Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Regardless of your skill or fitness level, our boxing program has something for you. You will find that boxing at DWMMA is a complete physical and mental workout. Boxing for fitness has become very popular over the years. Boxing training is not only for competitive boxers any more. It is a great workout and it can help you to lead a healthier lifestyle in and out of the gym.
Our programs Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are far more than an extra curricular activity…the training programs empower children with powerful techniques and strategies for lifelong success.
The Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs are designed to:
* Teach a complete self-defense system that will give a high degree of self-confidence.
* Teach children how to intelligently cope with bullying and peer pressure.
* Teach positive social values such as respect, honesty, humility, and dignity.
* Help children get along with others and to treat them with respect.
The programs integrate sport and self-defense techniques with conditioning and “skill drills” that are specifically designed to enhance your child’s coordination, motor skills, agility and flexibility.
With Luis Gutierres’ teaching principle and motto “Play as a Way”, our approach at Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts (DWMMA) is very different from traditional martial arts schools- from our Little Dragons classes to the Black Belt Club, our children’s programs are designed from the ground up to appeal to the young mind. The classes are rigorous and disciplined, but we believe the kids learn more and faster, if the training is fun. Our kids enjoy the freedom to learn and have fun in a safe and positive environment which helps them to succeed not only at our school, but in their everyday lives!
At DWMMA our goal is to develop our junior students into martial artists and athletes, but just as importantly to help them develop integrity, honesty and character. We achieve this by teaching our students two unique and cutting-edge programs mixed martial arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. MMA is a combination of karate, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling and ground fighting art that teaches a variety of techniques, such as joint locks, escapes and reversals. Unlike many traditional martial arts, DWMMA’s kids enjoy learning a practical and healthy martial art that is truly effective. Our martial arts curriculum will give your child confidence, discipline and real self-defense skills.
Dennis Cregier, Owner and Head Instructor of DWMMA
Dennis has been training in the martial arts for over 26 years. He began his journey in New York, his home state, where he was first introduced to Western Boxing and Tang Soo Do Karate. Over the years, his experience has evolved into learning both Eastern and Western styles of martial arts. Dennis learned different styles to both educate and enhance is knowledge, techniques, theories, and forms to integrate the best disciplines in mixed martial arts.
Dennis’s Martial Arts Credentials and Affiliates include:
Black belt in a kenpo/kickboxing/jujitsu blend
Black belt in kickboxing under Joe Lewis Fighting Systems
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under UFC/MMA professional fighter Kenny Florian
Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts
Instructor in Muay Thai Kickboxing
Former Kickboxing/Boxing competitor in the state of New York
Affiliate of NuBreed Martial Arts Academy in Muay Thai Kickboxing and Filipino Martial Arts
Affiliate of Tim Burrill’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu network
After working in New York as a personal trainer and a martial arts instructor for 15 years, Dennis decided to relocated to Massachusetts in 2002. Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts Academy was founded by Dennis in 2003 and he has since built a extraordinary school that contains the highest standards in mixed martial arts by offering the most functional, realistic, innovative and enjoyable martial arts and fitness instruction.